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Why Conservatives Lose

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Submitted by Jim Austin (United States), Nov 26, 2018 at 03:37

The Age of Enlightenment enshrined reason as a method of gaining knowledge. When applied to the material world, it resulted in science and technology. When applied to society, it resulted in a democratic-republican government, individual rights, capitalism that made results of science, technology available to the public at large.

During that age, believers in reason invariably squared off against stupidity, ignorance, bigotry, superstition. Today's liberals define themselves as inheritors of the Enlightenment and define their adversaries in terms of stupidity, ignorance, bigotry, superstition.

Liberal thinking is entirely definitional as they have long repudiated core value of Enlightenment: reason, but they continue to wear the mantle of Enlightenment. Liberals are allowed to get away with it because conservatives themselves have their issues with Enlightenment, mostly because of their commitment to religion. Evan Sayet tries to blame the holocaust on the Enlightenment in his book, "The Kindergarden of Eden."

Thus among youngsters growing up, who's going to want to join the forces of stupidity, ignorance, bigotry, superstition against reason and enlightenment?

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